WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of thousands of the Washington Post newspaper’s daily readers throughout the world, turning to the November 17 front page, would see an image of a giant screen on 14th St. in the NW section of Washington, DC: on the right, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the left, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Iakovos.
The high-tech presentation depicts important moments in African American history, and appears on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, celebrating the completion of its interior, the Post writes. The Museum is set to open late next year.
The image of Iakovos side-by-side with King, is the same iconic photograph that appeared on the March 26, 1965 cover of LIFE magazine, commemorating the Archbishop’s acceptance of Dr. King’s invitation to join him in the Selma, AL marches.
As TNH has reported extensively over the years, Iakovos’ presence in Selma was instrumental in curbing the expected violence onto the marchers by Alabama State Police; that a well-respected religious figure of Iakovos’ stature was there would have resulted in tremendous public backlash across all demographics if the Archbishop were to have been beaten by the police. Nonetheless, Iakovos risked life and limb by accepting King’s invitation to march with him, side-by-side.
The events were further commemorated in last year’s film, Selma.
The display at the site of the Museum will continue through November 18, from 5:30 to 9PM.